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WATERTOWN, CT 31  JULY, 2010-073110JS03-Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, from left, Ed Kelly of Woodbury who worked in the Windsor Camp and Triangle Lake in Oregon, Walter Sekula of Norwich who worked in Meeker Colorado, Al Bellucci of Waterbury who worked in Camp Mohawk and John Bowey of Waterbury who worked in Oregon, pose during a reunion of CCC workers Saturday at Black Rock State Park in Watertown. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a New Deal program that hired more than 3 million men to plant more than 3 billion trees and do other forestry work from 1933-1942. According to Marty Podskoch of Colchester, who wrote about the Connecticut CCC, the state had 22 CCC camps which enrolled about 28,500 men. The group will will have another gathering of CCC workers on September 18 at the Civilian Conservation Corps museum at Shenipsit State Forest in Stafford. For more information or if you have stories about the CCC, contact Marty Podskoch at www.cccstories.com.<br />
Jim Shannon Republican-American